Living in Bangor as a student
The tiny city of Bangor in Gwynedd is also the oldest city in Wales. A distant 134 km away from the nearest airport with international flights, Bangor sits to the west of Bangor Mountain, and is located between the Snowdonia Mountains and the Menai Strait. It has two rivers within its boundaries, the River Adda and the River Cegin. Located on the coast of North Wales, Bangor has a population of only 13,000 residents, and more than half of them are students at its local university, Bangor University.
Bangor is known for two things: the scenic views, and football. Garth Pier, or Bangor Pier, is the second-longest pier in Wales, standing tall in its cast iron columns at a length of 470 metres. In terms of football, Bangor City F.C is the city’s football team, and it has won the Welsh Premier League three times and the Welsh cup eight times. Bangor is known for producing footballers such as Owain Tudur Jones, Wayne Hennessey, and Eddie Niedzwiecki, as well as singer Duffy and sailor Alex Thomson. As a university city, there are also many facilities, bars and great Welsh food to be found in Bangor, as well as historical spots, such as the Bangor Cathedral, which is a 6th Century Cathedral.
Bangor university, home to over 10,500 students, is the only university in Wales to receive a ‘Gold’ rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), and has been rated highly by students in independent surveys regarding student opinion. Bangor university itself takes up a large portion of Bangor city, especially along College Road and Upper Bangor, and has been given the award for ‘Best Student Accommodation’ at the 2018 WhatUni Student Choice Awards. It has many student living options, but popular student accommodation areas include Friddoedd Village in Upper Bangor or St Mary’s Village.